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Radio Biafra London Organise Demonstration in Memory of Biafra War

Yesterday 30th May marked 47th Anniversary of the creation of the  Republic of Biafra. The creation of this state triggered what was knwon as the Nigerian Civil War (Biafra War) which lasted from 30th May 1967 – 15 January 1970. around 3.5 million Biafrans were killed.

In memory of this the team at Radio Biafra London,(along with various Biafran groups) organised demonstrations across the world.

Radio Biafra London which broadcasts everyday 7pm to 10pm

(Radio Biafra also does live broadcasts from different bases across the world, i.e. Russia, Malaysia, France, Spain, Nigeria, to name a few)

Here are a list of books that tackle the Biafra War, get them now, whilst they are available. Don’t wait till they are out of print,then complain that you can’t find anything



Nigeria and Biafra: My Story by Phillip Effiong (Vice President of the Republic of Biafra) 

There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra by Chinua Achebe

The Future That Vanished: A Biafra Story by P.J Odu 

The Untold Story of the Nigeria-Biafra War by Luke Nnaemeka Aneke

Biafra Revisited by Herbert Ekwe Ekwe 

They Died in Vain by Celestina Ischei-Isamah

No Place To Hide: Crisis and Conflicts Inside Biafra by Bernard Odogwu 

Surviving in Biafra: The Story of the Nigerian Civil War by Alfred Uzokwe

Biafra Sunset in Biafra by Elechi Amadi 

Nigeria Ojukwu Azikwe Biafra Beyond The Rising Sun by Dr S Okechuwku Mezu

Reflections on the Nigerian Civil War: facing the Future by  Ralph Uwechue 

The Broken Back Axle: Unspeakable Events in Biafra by Obi N Ebbe

War Stories: A Memoir of Nigeria and Biafra by John Sherman

The Biafra-Nigeria War: A hUman Tragedy by Godfrey Chukwugozie Okeke 

Biafra or Nigerian Presidency: What the Ibos Want by Emeka Adolf Chigozie Emekesiri

A Biafran Soldiers Survival from the Jawa of Death: Nigerian Biafran Civil War by Jerome Agu Nwadike 

Last Train to Biafra: Memories of a Biafran Child by Diliorah Chukwurah

Biafra: Lest We Forget by Richie Adewusi 

The Republic of Biafra: Once Upon A Time In Nigeria My Story Of The Biafra-Nigerian Civil War – A Struggle For SURVIVAL (1967-1970) by Dr Onyema Nkwocha

88 Days in Biafra by Samuel Enadeghe Umweni 

Biafra: The Memory of the Music by Jim Malia           

Red Belt: Biafra Rising by Samuel Ikpe

Shadows: Airlift and Airwar in Biafra and Nigeria 1967-1970 by Michael I Draper




I Saw Biafra by Ndubueze Akuneme

Destination Biafra by Buchi Emecheta

What A War: On Being a Biafran Soldier by Ray Anyasi 

War Games by Dulue Mbachu

Half of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche 

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozie Adiche


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June Sarpong joins BBC Two’s Newsnight: “We’ve all got to grow up”

June Sarpong is joining BBC Two’s flagship Newsnight programme.

The former T4 presenter will not be replacing Jeremy Paxman, but will appear in various special features.

She told the Daily Telegraph: “I’m going to be doing some stuff for Newsnight. I’m not replacing Jeremy Paxman before the rumours start. I’m doing specials for them.”

The 36-year-old has moved back to the UK for the new role, after relocating to the US. She explained: “I got back to London six weeks ago.

“I’ve gone from Sunday morning television to Newsnight, but you know we’ve all got to grow up. It’s all highbrow now.”

Last month, Paxman confirmed that he will leave the current affairs show in June, after taking the decision last summer to move on from the programme.

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Who needs the BBC? Black comedy stars take the YouTube route to fame

By Ian Burrell

Nearly four decades after The Fosters made television industry history by becoming the first black British sitcom on the small screen, the industry is under fire for having turned its back on African-Caribbean comedy.

Actors and comedians have complained that a dearth of television opportunities has forced the most recent wave of black comedy stars to ply their trade on YouTube to find recognition. The criticisms come as broadcasters are under pressure to improve levels of diversity following a campaign by Lenny Henry, whose own career as a comedian and actor began in 1975 as an impressionist on New Faces.

After quitting the BBC last November, Pat Younge, formerly the corporation’s most senior black executive, claimed British television was run by a “pretty white commissioning and channel elite”.

He said that some black comedy could be “lost in translation” to white commissioning editors but that the internet was a valuable showcase. “I think the internet is a great opportunity for black comedy, Asian comedy and frankly anybody who wants to get their work on TV but cannot get through the gatekeepers,” he said. “It shows the commissioners there is an audience.”

Younge praised Samuell Benta for creating the online hit All About the McKenzies, a family sitcom which has been turned into a television show for London Live, a new channel which launches tomorrow, and which is a sister company to this newspaper and the London Evening Standard. “He would never have got through the BBC’s door with a British version of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but he was able to execute it online and show where the humour lies.”

The House of Black website has been set up as a “home of black British entertainment” and host to 30 different web series, predominantly comedies.

Jane Mote, programme director of London Live, said she was “shocked” by the barriers that young black comedy talent has faced in breaking into modern television. “They have made a lot of effort to get into the mainstream broadcasters, and had lots of meetings but every time they get knocked back. Television has become more and more risk averse,” she said. “But the talent is bursting out of YouTube.” 

Simone Pennant, a producer at the TV Collective, said: “Their audiences see their work as great shows which happen to have a black cast rather than black shows. The irony is that it’s actually the mainstream broadcasters that are missing and losing audiences in droves. If it wasn’t so depressing it would be funny.”

After six years of fighting to establish himself online, and building a global audience that has contributed 30 million views to his comedy clips, Tolu Ogunmefun, 25, from Essex, finally arrives on British television this week.

The Adventures of T-Boy, Ogunmefun’s series for London Live, is based on a character he has developed in a web series called Don’t Jealous Me, hosted on the YouTube platform where he has uploaded more than 100 films. The new television series features a wealthy young Nigerian man who is sent to live in Britain with an aunt and finds himself living on a London council estate, pursuing an ambition to emulate the Hollywood fame of Will Smith.

The international popularity of Ogunmefun’s comedy has helped him to build followings in the United States, Africa and India. American fans invited him to perform his stand-up routine at Harvard University.

“I’ve had meetings with people telling me they can get me on to mainstream television but it never happened,” he says. “It has been a very long journey and I’m happy that I’ve finally been picked up.”

He said he had been inspired by the lasting impact of a wave of black comedians who emerged on British television 20 years ago. The BBC series The Real McCoy, which made stars of Felix Dexter, Robbie Gee and the comedy duo Curtis & Ishmael, was on television between 1991 and 1994. Desmond’s, which starred Norman Beaton and is Britain’s most successful black sitcom, made its debut on Channel 4 in 1989, and ran for 71 episodes. “There was much opportunity then,” said Ogunmefun. “Now it has become really hard.”

He dismissed the idea that young performers preferred to work online. “The only reason why people go online is because there’s nothing on TV,” he said. “I believe television is still very important, not just for me but for youth in general.”

The BBC has made an error in dropping its youth-orientated TV channel BBC3 and making it online only, said Jay Marsh, an actor in the sitcom Brothers with No Game, another new London Live show which emerged from a successful YouTube web series. “I think the BBC is making a big mistake because everyone wants to get on TV. That’s still where people watch entertainment,” he said.

Marsh, 27, a trained actor who appeared alongside Lenny Henry in the West End production of Fences, said he had turned to YouTube because of the shortage of opportunities for black actors on British television.

Brothers with No Game, which began as a blog, follows the hapless escapades of four office-based twentysomething black men. It is an older version of The Inbetweeners, with an urban twist.

The Brothers with No Game team approached the BBC but was told the series was “too mature” for the audience the broadcaster wished to reach. But Marsh said the roles in the show were “non-stereotypical” and different from the gangster parts that young black actors were offered on most channels. “I don’t want to be force fed what’s happening in the ’hood all the time,” he said. “I’m not denying that happens but I would like to see people living the life I want to live – not the life I don’t want to live.”

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Volunteer News Reporter: London360


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London360 is broadcast on Community Channel, the only channel for communities, charities and local stories, available in 26 million homes across the UK on Freeview 63 & 109HD, Freesat 651, Virgin 233, Sky 539, BT Vision and BBC iPlayer.

London360 alumni have gone on to work for broadcasters such as ITV, Sky, BBC Radio, MTV, London Live, independent TV production companies and many more.

About the role

  • TV: As part of the team you will produce London360, a regular news magazine show for TV and online. London360 airs on London Live, the new Evening Standard TV channel for London, and Community Channel
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  • Vloggers: You will engage with a pool of 100 community vloggers

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BBC Writersroom Seminar


Based in Leeds? Book your tickets and gain invaluable top tips on screenwriting at the BBC Writersroom (@bbcwritersroom) free seminar on Weds 28th May 2014, 5-8pm at The University of Leeds (@UniversityLeeds)

Ever wondered how to send your script to the BBC and what happens when you do? How do they assess your work? What grabs them and what puts them off? If you’re after some tips, this is a session not to miss.

BBC Writersroom is always on the lookout for fresh, new, talented writers of any age and experience with an original voice and great stories to tell.

Join Henry Swindell, Development Producer for BBC Writersroom (which focuses on championing writers from across the UK) who will provide you with some invaluable tips and answer any burning questions you may have about screenwriting.

This seminar utilizes loads of film and TV clips to clearly demonstrate the building blocks of great story telling. It’s a very broad talk that is suitable for both beginners and experienced writers designed to get people excited and invigorated about writing as well as covering most of the basics.

Henry R Swindell is Development Producer, BBC Writersroom, where he works across Film, TV and Radio finding and developing writers for the BBC. Henry’s background is as a TV, Film and Theatre Producer. His 2011 award winning film ‘All That Way For Love’ has been shown at film festivals all over the world. As a TV producer he’s worked for the BBC, ITV and Channel Four on shows including Casualty, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street.

When: Weds 28th May

Where: stage@leeds, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane LS2 9JT

Time: 5pm – 8pm

Book your ticket via the box office on tel: 0113 343 8730